Rode’s Wi-fi ME squeezes a second mic into its receiver

When Rode launched the unique Wi-fi GO, it was an immediate success. The benefit of use, audio high quality and affordable value made wi-fi microphones way more accessible. In actual fact it was so profitable that it spawned numerous merchandise from . After releasing the ($299) with twin mics, the corporate is again with a extra inexpensive choice – the $149 Wireless ME. There’s additionally a brand new video app referred to as Rode Seize geared toward creators which provides tight integration with the Wi-fi ME and different merchandise from the corporate.

If you happen to’re considering “extra inexpensive” means fewer options, then you definitely’d be proper. But additionally you may be stunned. Although there initially seems to be only one transmitter (mic) and one receiver, the latter additionally has a mic built-in so you’ll be able to nonetheless file two audio system on the identical time with their very own separate audio information. That mentioned, Rode is looking the second mic the “ME mic” and describes it as a “narrator” microphone as a result of you’ll be able to’t use it wirelessly (it’s the one which plugs into your recording gadget) so it will probably solely actually be utilized by somebody off digital camera. That clearly isn’t any drawback for those who’re not recording video, however value understanding in case you are.

There are, after all, different minor compromises. For one, the receiver doesn’t have any kind of show, so visible suggestions for connectivity is restricted to a pair of LEDs. There doesn’t seem like any suggestions for achieve ranges in any respect. There’s additionally no onboard storage for recording away from a digital camera, laptop or a cellphone. This additionally means there’s no choice to file a security observe at a decrease achieve degree which, given the dearth of a technique to see ranges means you’ll have to essentially ensure you’ve gotten the whole lot set proper up entrance. As a reminder, although, the ME is half the worth of the GO II.

Rode's Wireless ME lav mic system connected to a phone.

Picture by James Trew / Engadget

There are instruments to assist, although. The Wi-fi ME comes with a function referred to as GainAssist which internally screens the sign and units ranges mechanically relying in your setting and the amount of the topic. This undoubtedly helps hold issues from clipping, however you’ll be able to nonetheless go into the pink with it. It seems to be utilizing both a limiter or compression (or each) however you’ll be able to nonetheless make it go into the pink. There’s a “dynamic” mode too for when recording issues with a extra constant quantity than speech.

When it comes to vary, you’ll be able to anticipate about 100 meters / 328 ft (line of sight) however in observe this will range a bit in both route relying on the circumstances. This can be a shorter vary than the Wi-fi GO II (200 meters / 656 ft) and (250 meters / 820 ft) however doubtless ample for many eventualities. As for battery life, it’s a decent seven hours however there’s no charging case as with DJI or options.

With no technique to change settings instantly on the gadget, you’ll need to get accustomed to the Rode Central app. It’s right here the place you’ll be capable to flip the receiver’s microphone on or off if you wish to use it, change whether or not it data to 1 or two separate information (if utilizing each mics) and modify the achieve settings. There are variations for each desktop and cellular (Android/iOS) so you’ll be able to change modes on the go, even when it’s a bit extra concerned than doing it on the receiver as with DJI and Anker’s merchandise.

On condition that the narrator-guest setup isn’t splendid for recording two audio system on digital camera on the identical time it is a disgrace that the receiver would not have the choice to plug an exterior 3.5mm lav mic into it. This could imply you might theoretically run one with an extended cable and have two on digital camera hosts. You possibly can nonetheless use 3.5mm mics with the principle transmitter although. Alternatively, when you have entry to a different transmitter, equivalent to a Wi-fi GO II, you’ll be able to pair it with the ME’s receiver and file as much as three folks on the identical time – although two of them must share an audio channel in case having separate information for all audio system is essential to you.

Screenshots of Rode's new video recording app


The interoperability between the Wi-fi GO II and the ME reveals that Rode is considering how these merchandise can work collectively, that means creators can collaborate seamlessly with their very own gear or proceed utilizing older merchandise at the same time as new ones come round. Count on to see extra interoperability with different wi-fi units sooner or later.

Together with the brand new microphone package is the aforementioned Capture app. It’s a devoted video app with a twist: direct entry to the settings of suitable Rode microphones. Most video apps don’t even let you recognize what mic you’re utilizing which might trigger anxiousness once you’re unsure it’s working with the one you plugged in. Having this assurance alone is beneficial and the direct entry to microphone settings is all the time going to be a welcome bonus for creators. The app is totally free and doesn’t require a Rode product to work however will want one in every of Rode’s compatible products for those who want to entry its settings.

The Wi-fi ME is out there for $149 beginning at this time.

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